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Humanities Center

Visiting Scholars

Macarena Gómez-Barris, "Artistic Undercurrents in the Era of War Against the Earth"

Sept 17th, 5:30 PM ( On Zoom )     Headshot of presenter

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Meeting ID: 986 1982 0803 | Passcode: 549197

The presenter will address how submerged perspectives challenge the Western political ontology in the current crisis and war against the Earth. What forms of artistic and social practices continue to confront military, settler, financial and extractive capitalism? In the wake of so much damage, how can we perceive, do, and make otherwise? 

Macarena Gómez-Barris is a writer and cultural critic. She is founder and Director of the Global South Center, a hub for critical inquiry, aesthetic praxis, and experimental forms of social living. She is also currently Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Macarena works on cultural memory, race, queer and decolonial theory, and rethinking the anthropocene. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, a book that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is author of Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018) that considers political and artistic vocabularies for social transformation. She is also author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009) and co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is co-editor with Diana Taylor of the "Dissident Acts" book series with Duke University Press. Her new book project is At the Sea’s Edge: Submerged Perspectives on Colonialism and Oceanic Biodiversity. Macarena is author of numerous essays in art catalogues, including work on Laura Aguilar, Julie Mehretu, Cecilia Vicuña, and Carolina Caycedo, as well as peer reviewed journals. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow in 2014-2015 at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito. 

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.